Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource based out of the Pacific Northwest, recently announced its selections for the top ten green building trends to watch in 2010. The trends chosen were based on discussions EAI had with builders, architects, real estate brokers, appraisers, lenders, and homeowners over the past year. See the list below:
- The Smart Grid and Connected Home: "While utilities will continue to make upgrades to the grid for more effective generation, storage and distribution of power, the big news is in the home. The development of custom and web-based display panels that show real-time home energy use, and even real-time energy use broken out by individual appliance, will go a long way towards helping change homeowners' energy behavior and drive energy conservation..."
- Energy Labeling for Homes and Office Buildings: "The advent of more accurate energy rating systems for homes and office spaces—similar to the miles-per-gallon sticker on your car—has caught the attention of energy agencies and legislators around the country. Not only can it make a building-to-building or home-to-home comparison easier, but a publicly available score on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) could galvanize owners to make needed energy improvements while adding value to their building..."
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software: "The continued evolution of CAD software for building design has produced new add-on tools with increasingly accurate algorithms for energy modeling as well as embedded energy properties for many materials and features. This will prove instrumental in predicting building performance. BIM developers will soon be offering more affordable packages aimed at smaller firms and individual builders..."
- Eco-Districts: "Portland is already on the bandwagon with this one, encouraging the creation of greener communities where residents have access to all most services and supplies within walking or biking distance. These areas would also incorporate green spaces and green certified buildings. While we have such neighborhoods in the cities, the creation of walkable, low impact communities in the suburban setting is also gaining steam."
See the rest of the list here.